Understanding your emotional intelligence can give you valuable insight on how to progress in your career.
Research by Psysoft indicates that using emotional intelligence to your advantage can improve your chances of a successful career. Over half (60%) of organisations worldwide who use Emotional Intelligence assessments in their leadership development say it has proven an increased return on investment. These organisations claim they are 12% more likely to report increased revenue than those who don’t use EI assessments.
At its core, emotional intelligence is about self-evaluation; being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, personality traits and what drives you. Learning about yourself and how you interact with others is a crucial skill that can be utilised in the workplace, particularly in terms of negotiating with clients, influencing employees and creating a positive work environment.
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Psysoft’s Top 5 tips to using emotional intelligence to skyrocket your career
- Don’t be afraid to take a leap
Sometimes it may be scary taking that extra leap, whether it’s taking a different job or asking for a pay rise. Being assertive can help push you into situations that may benefit your career path. Challenging yourself is growth and learning to always go for the more difficult option may help you progress more quickly.
- Identify your strengths
By identifying your strengths you will learn to be comfortable and confident in your abilities. If you ever feel out of your depth at work, don’t be afraid to make mistakes in order to learn, grow and develop.
- Be understanding of people
Being emotionally intelligent not only means understanding your own strengths and weaknesses but being empathetic of those around you. Your colleagues or managers may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Don’t let them get to you personally; simply take the criticism, understand their feelings, and continue to focus on growing yourself.
- Identify your weaknesses
By knowing your weaknesses you are able to identify your areas of improvement. This means you can either avoid careers which may be unsuitable, or if you are in a role that requires additional skills, you can learn to develop these.
Practicing mindful exercises such as 5 minutes of meditation each morning or taking a walk at lunch can significantly decrease your stress levels and thus improve productivity.
Tim Evans, Director of E-Learning company, Psysoft, says:
“Taking an emotional intelligence assessment can reveal surprising and informative insight into why we behave as individuals. It can reveal the conditions in which we work best, and the environments that feed our success. By understanding your emotional functioning, you are able to learn to behave more effectively. Emotional intelligence results in measurable achievement, success in leadership, and ultimately – enhanced financial performance.”
Celebrity Psychologist and founder of Multi-Health Systems (MHS)Dr. Steven Stein comments on the research:
“Emotional intelligence can be measured and improved on an individual basis. The good news is your emotional intelligence is not permanently fixed but is open to lifelong improvement. If you really want to change your life, you can.”
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Notes to editors:
The research is taken from an MHS online survey conducted from April – May 2013 with 784 respondents representing more than 500 organizations worldwide.